Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

SO it’s Halloween.  You’ve patiently waited for the party invites to roll in but…*crickets chirping*  Unbeknownst to you that’s what all your friends were doing to – waiting.  So what’s a ghoul to do?  Throw your own last minute party, of course!

I know.  You’re thinking I’ve clearly lost my mind.  You’ve had your suspicions for quite some time, but this is it.  You are now convinced that I’m completely bat sh*t crazy.  After all, there’s no way you can throw together a last minute Halloween party.  Or can you…?

 
 

A HELPING HAND FOR LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN PARTIES

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 
 
 
 

LET’S START WITH FAST & EASY GORE DÉCOR, SHALL WE?
(WE SHALL)

Last Minute Halloween Parties
 
 
 
 

*  ALIEN/SPIDER EGG SACKS  *

Halloween-Outdoor-Decor-Egg-Sacks

 

*  Set the mood before people even get in the door with this clever and easy outdoor décor idea from Fun Holiday Crafts.

Pick up some small glow sticks in the color of your choice (though I do suggest you stick to just one color), some white balloons and several pair of white hose/stockings.  Now the quick & easy fun begins:

 

~ Cut the hose/stockings/tights straight across each leg close to the crotch or don’t cut and leave them in tact (either way will work – it makes sense in a moment. Promise).  Set them aside.

~ Next activate the mini glow sticks and drop several in each white balloon.  Now fill the balloons with enough water to make them round, but not too full.  Tie off the balloons and carefully slide one balloon into each leg of the stockings.

~ If you cut the legs of hose then take each leg and tie them to tree limbs, arbors, etc.  If you didn’t cut the hose then just allow them to drape over the limb by the crotch/waist.  You can adjust the lengths of the egg sacks by wrapping the legs around the limb to achieve the desired length.

 

End result?  Creepy glowing egg sacks.  If you want to add plastic spiders or other creepy crawlies just stick them to the hose.  Simple…and simply creepy.

 
 
 

*  COBWEBS  *

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

*  Hop on your broom and fly over to your local craft/sewing store and grab a bag of cotton batting and some double sided tape.  (Avoid the synthetic stuff.  Trust me.  It makes horrible cobwebs.  A blend is okay but pure cotton is going to give the best results.)

 

~  To make your cobwebs just tear off different sized pieces of the batting and gently pull the cotton apart in different directions and at different thicknesses and lengths to create a spider web effect, then use the double sided tape to tack it into place.  (Use the mummy pictured above (not the huge web in the background) for reference.)

 

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

~  If you’re looking for something less subtle and more attention grabbing you can always buy cheesecloth or cotton gauze from your local fabric store and apply the same basic technique.  The main differences?  Instead of tape use pushpins, carefully shred it with scissors, a knife or a razorblade (then use your fingers to pull the fibers apart and fray the edges) and don’t use it for smaller, daintier applications.  Leave that to the batting.

~ TIP:   PRACTICE WITH A SMALL PIECE TO GET THE HANG OF IT BEFORE YOU START SHREDDING THE ENTIRE BAG.
~ BONUS POINTS:    SCATTER THOSE CHEAP DOLLAR STORE PLASTIC SPIDERS AROUND THE WEBS.

 
 
 

*  JACK O’ LANTERN…LANTERN  *

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

*  Expertly carving a pumpkin can take a stupid amount of time…and I mean stupid amount of time.  Want a quick and easy work around?  Of course you do.  This is last minute, remember?  So check out this awesome idea from DaveHax.com:

 

~  Cut and clean your pumpkin as you normally would.

~  Then take just about anything pointy and round (a large nail, a drill, a screwdriver…you get the idea) and poke holes all over the pumpkin (and as evenly spaced as you can – no need to measure, just eyeball it.  Perfection isn’t necessary).

~  Instead of a candle you can stick an electric flameless candle inside.  If you want to up the ante use a light with a strobe feature.

~  Set it on a table as a center piece or string it with some thick twine (all those little holes now come in handy) and hang it from the ceiling for a disco ball effect.  Lighting and requisite Jack O’ Lantern = done.

 
 
 

*  FANCY PUMPKINS  *

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

If you really don’t have time to clean a pumpkin but feel like Halloween just isn’t Halloween without one then this is the perfect party project for you:  Glitter Pumpkins.

 

~  Run to the craft store and grab a handful of the artificial pumpkins (which will be insanely cheap today since it’s Halloween.  Thank god for sales, eh?) in whatever sizes and shapes you like.  Also grab glue (I like mod podge), a ton of glitter (you can never have too much glitter.  This is a proven fact.) and matching spray paint in the colors of your choosing.

~  In a well ventilated area spray paint your pumpkins with a light and even coat (but make sure you get that baby covered – we don’t want them to be splotchy and sloppy).  Wait for the paint to dry (this is a perfect time to ice the bleeding cupcakes listed below. Multi-tasking is a must if you’re throwing together a fabulous last minute fete.)

~  Once the paint is dry, coat it with a thin layer of glue and then, while the glue is still wet, pour the glitter all over your pumpkin.  Set aside to dry.  Done and done.

 

~  NOTE:  DEPENDING ON HOW HUMID IT IS WHERE YOU LIVE IT CAN TAKE A LITTLE TIME FOR THE GLUE TO DRY, SO YOU MAY WANT TO START ALL PAINT AND GLUE RELATED PROJECTS FIRST.

 
 
 

NO TRICKS, ONLY TREATS

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 
 
 

*  BLEEDING CUPCAKES + PRINTABLE CUPCAKE AND STRAW FLAGS  *

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 

Last year for Halloween I told you how to whip up a batch of deliciously disgusting bleeding cupcakes.  Not only that but I gave you some creepy Halloween themed printable flags to top of your cupcakes and straws.

I realize that bleeding cupcakes and decorative toppers don’t sound quick and easy, but I promise when you read the recipe you’ll see the longest part of the process is actually baking the cupcakes (and if you make sure to set your timer you can take care of other party preparations while they bake).  You can get the recipe and the downloads here.

 
 
 

*  HALLOWEEN GARLANDS  *

 

A couple of years ago I also whipped up some cute little printable Halloween garlands.  You can print ‘em, cut ‘em, string ‘em and go or, if you want to get fancy you can always cut ‘em out and cover those cute and spooky babies in glue and glitter to give them that extra bit of oomph.  Grab all three free printable Halloween garland templates here.

 
 
 

*  HAIR RAISING HALLOWEEN SOUNDTRACKS  *

 

Of course, no party is complete without music!  There must always be music!  No time to create a Halloween mix of your own?  No problem.  You can give my Halloween and Zombie mixes on 8track a try (and just in case you don’t want to deal with having your computer up and running there’s an 8track app for your phone).  You can give them a listen here:

 

By The Pricking Of My Thumbs (Halloween Mix)
Music For Battling The Zombie Hordes
Music For The Apocalypse

 

If my mixes don’t strike the right chord with you (Yeah, I said it.  I’m sorry.  I’m a sucker for a really bad pun) then swing by Pandora and check out the Halloween channel.  Yes, you will hear The Monster Mash, but you will also hear a ton of songs that are perfect for a gore-inspired get together.

 

 

It’s never too late to throw a spooktacular Halloween bash.  Now get a move on!  There are cobwebs to be made, cupcakes to be baked, costumes to be donned and bloody makeup to be skillfully applied.  I hope you have a bloody good time tonight…and remember…that strange noise you heard wasn’t the house settling…*insert evil laugh here*  Until next time, my deadly darlings…

 
 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, BOILS AND GHOULS!

Last Minute Halloween Parties

 
 

Bloody Kisses & Ghastly Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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a Hair Miracle
 

There are two things I think we all know about me by now:

1)  I am not easily impressed with products and their claims and
2)  My hair is one of my greatest blessings and one of my greatest frustrations.

 

a Hair Miracle

(ME WITH MY COPPER LOCKS AND UNIQUE FASHION SENSE – AGE THREE)

 

I love my locks.  I’ve been known for them since I popped out of the womb. “…You mean that girl with the gorgeous red curly hair?”  Yup.  That’s me.  And when you’re known for your hair it naturally becomes something in which you take pride.  You take care of it and give it lovin’ (yes, even when it was every color of the rainbow I still gave it lovin’).

My naturally course and curly hair (and I mean big ol’ fat corckscrew curls) which I love has always limited my choice of hairstyles…especially as a redhead it can be easy to cross over into clown territory if the haircut isn’t just right.

 

NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT.  TRUST ME.

a Hair Miracle

(MY HAIR LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE MYRTLE FROM AMERICAN HORROR STORY COVEN IN 5TH GRADE AFTER ONE TRAGIC HAIRCUT.  NOT AN EASY LOOK FOR A 10 YEAR OLD TO PULL OFF.)

 

Many years ago I decided that, even though I could never straighten my hair and have it look pretty, smooth and soft (like naturally straight locks look) I loved a stacked bob, so a stacked bob I shall have and I would just wear it in all it’s glorious curly grandeur.  And wear it I did.

 

AND I LOVED IT.

 

I still love my beloved bob (as is evidenced by the fact that I have continuously rocked a bob for almost ten straight years now – let’s face it, it’s timeless and never goes out of style.  EVER.  It is the pencil skirt of hairstyles).  Over the years I have learned to wear it both curly and straight and make do with products that controlled my straightened hair (to a degree), but left it feeling dry and with no swing or body.

 

BUT NO MORE.

a Hair Miracle

 

The lovely people at Dove sent me their latest line, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection, and I. Am. In. Love.

I confess I was skeptical when I read the claims. (5 x’s silkier hair after one use?  I had to see it to believe it.)  Even with my course hair most conditioners leave my hair greasy and limp so I was naturally skeptical about one made with oils.  So the first thing I did was to try the conditioner and oil as lotion. Yes, lotion.

If it’s as light as it claimed then it should soak right in.  So I rubbed each one into a hand and (gasp!) they both melted into my skin. They weren’t sticky, thick or greasy.  I wasn’t coated with silicone.  The blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil melted into my skin.  Melted.  So I jumped right in the shower and lathered up my noggin’.

 

IT’S A HAIR MIRACLE.

angels-singing-copy

 

The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Collection is like angels in a bottle…delicious angels sent to make my literal crowning glory, my beloved ginger locks, soft and silky whether I wear it curly or straight.  And it does it all while being completely weightless.  Color me impressed.

 

(AND REMEMBER THAT LACK OF MOVEMENT I COMPLAINED ABOUT?  YEAH.  WELL YOU’LL NEVER HEAR ME COMPLAING ABOUT IT AGAIN.)

 

Did I mention it smells divine?  Divine.  The aroma is subtle and delicious.  I catch myself sniffing my hair throughout the day (which is challenging with a bob).  I’m pretty sure I look insane…as though that’s anything new. *wink*

 

I AM NOW A FAN FOR LIFE.

a Hair Miracle

 

My hair is healthy, happy and feels like spun silk…and isn’t that we all want?  No woman wakes up and prays for a hair care line that makes their hair feel like a cross between straw and steel wool.

Thank you, Dove, for transforming my hair. (For the record, and not to toot my own horn, I’m now receiving even more compliments on my lovely locks. Hand to God.)  After years of frustration, you’ve made me fall in love with my hair all over again.

 

THINK I’M EXAGGERATING?

(because another thing we know is that I’m prone to fits of hyperbole…)  I challenge you to take the “Dove Silky Hair Dare.”

 

THE DOVE SILKY HAIR DARE

a Hair Miracle

 

Dove Hair is daring women everywhere, whether your hair is curly or straight, fine or course, to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014.  Dove and I dare you to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil (available at major food and drug retailers nationwide) and fall in love with the touch and feel of your hair or your money back.*

Make sure to share your silky results at #silkyhairdare.  You can also enter for a chance to win** $20,000 in prizes that are up for grabs by sharing your results with the hashtag #silkyhairdaresweeps.  Visit Dove.com for more details on how to enter.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go strut around town and show off my stellar coif.  Until next time!

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details. (Though I would be genuinely shocked if you needed to. I’m telling you…this stuff is amazeballs…and how often do I make that claim. Yeah, not very.)

 

**No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Dove Silky Hair Dare Sweepstakes is sponsored by Conopco, Inc., d/b/a Unilever. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 & older. Begins 12:00 p.m. ET on 9/25/14 and ends 12:00 p.m. ET on 11/20/14. For Official Rules, visit http://www.dove.us/Products/Hair/Advanced-Hair-Series/rules.aspx

 
 

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MISS ANGIE OF MY SO-CALLED CHAOS

 

IN case you haven’t met the fabulous Miss Angie from Kisses & Chaos’ newest sponsor, My So-Called Chaos, then please allow me the pleasure.  She is a powerhouse of awesomeness which is on display at her adorable blog, the aforementioned My So-Called Chaos.  A woman after my own heart, not only did she do a complete all-things-pumpkin post (we all know I’m a total pumpkin junkie) but she also sent me a photo of her with Xander from Buffy The Vampire Slayer (jealous! *swoon*).  How do you not love her?

So, needless to say, I am pleased as punch to feature her in this edition of…

 

MISS ANGIE OF MY SO-CALLED CHAOS

 

WITH MISS ANGIE OF MY SO-CALLED CHAOS

 

MISS ANGIE OF MY SO-CALLED CHAOS

 
 

1.  In 10 words or less, tell us what makes you so freakin’ awesome.  And don’t be modest.  Let ‘er rip.

“1 cup love, 3 tbsp funny, dash of crazy.  Mix.”

 

2.  Did you (or do you currently) have an imaginary friend(s)?  If so, please tell us about him/her/it/them.

“I can’t honestly remember having imaginary friends, unless you count the characters in the books I read.  As an avid reader growing up, I’d finish a story and physically ache for the characters that I was no longer involved with.  I’d lay awake in bed at night and imagine their stories continuing, and that I was with them for their following adventures.”

 

3.  Do you believe in ghosts?

“I totally believe in ghosts.  When I was 7 years old I woke up and saw my grandmother (who was very much alive) standing over my bed, but after a minute and some blinking back the sleep from my eyes I realized it wasn’t her.  A while later I found photos and found it was my grandmother’s grandmother who’d died before I was born (and who’s bedroom I was currently sleeping in.)  It wasn’t just a quick look either, she stayed with me until I closed my eyes and went back to sleep.  I remember it feeling very real, and being very comforted.”

 

4.  What one thing scares the every-loving crap out of you more than anything else in the whole wide world?

“Corpses.  They seriously wig me out… It’s not death or dying that I’m afraid of, but the empty shell that’s left behind after.  I’d better be cremated when I die, or I may just come back and haunt the people who let me be a corpse! Ha!”

 

5.  Sunrise, sunset, new moor or full moon?

“Full moon all the way.  I LOVE when it’s dark and the air is just crisp enough to give you a chill-but it’s still warm enough for you to stand barefoot in front of a large moon as it rises on the horizon.  Gorgeous.”

 

6.  If you had to live the rest of your life inside one book or movie what would it be and why?

“I’m going to be girly and totally admit to it being Outlander.  I mean I love Neil Gaiman novels most-but I’m not so sure I’d want to be living in some of those worlds like London Below.  But Outlander?  Please take me back in time to a hot Scotsman.  Kilts.  Just saying…”

 

MISS ANGIE OF MY SO-CALLED CHAOS

 

7.  It’s the zombie apocalypse.  The person you love more than anyone, anywhere, ever has been bitten by one of the walking dead.  It is inevitable that they will turn into a flesh-eating monster.  What do you do?

“Well, when I noticed them starting to die I’d do the right thing and shoot them in the head.  My friends and I have made this pact on the off chance that it ever becomes a reality.

 

Here’s a little space that’s all yours.  Do with it what you will.  Draw a picture, tell us about a current project, pet peeve, new product, write a haiku about unicorns, recount your recent bigfoot sighting…you get the idea.  It’s all yours.  Go crazy.”

“Hi readers of Kisses and Chaos!  I hope you enjoyed this little interview, I have to say it was one of the most fun for me to answer!  For background on some of this, I’m a single twenty-something blogger living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I blog over at My So-Called Chaos in addition to maintaining a couple of other blogs, working full time, going to school nearly full time, and life.  I’m currently majoring in English (Hey, I’m sure there are things I can do with it…) and have a passion for writing and learning French!  (Je l’aime!)  In my free time (which is few and far between) I like to create art (draw/paint/etc.), volunteer with a local animal rescue, be out in nature, read, marathon something on Netflix, or spend time with people I dig.  I also love wine, and have the habit of buying WAY too much nail polish even though my nails are only painted about 30% of the time.”

 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us, Miss Angie.  You are seriously cute as a button and I’m pleased as punch to have you as a member of the Kisses & Chaos family.

To all my beloveds here in the blogosphere, if you haven’t stopped by My So-Called Chaos yet, I fully encourage you to swing by and give her some Kisses & Chaos style lovin’…I highly recommend her Top 20 Halloween Movies list (in case you need some new ideas after burning through your Netflix queue this month and are tired of all the Friday the 13th and Halloween marathons permeating every cable channel.)  How could you not like a list that includes Earnest Scared Stupid.  (I told you she was awesome.)

Thanks again, Miss Angie!  You are the bee’s knees, my dear. (And for the record, I still consider characters in books to be friends, so I totally get it. One of these afternoons we’ll have to sit down and exchange reading lists so my friends can meet your friends. *wink*)

Until next time!

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death

 

Because I Could Not Stop For Death

 

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring – 
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain – 
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – ’tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity –

 

- Emily Dickinson

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

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Still Alive And Kicking
 

Holy guacamole, have things been crazy here.  But they’ve been good/fun crazy which is a welcome change of pace from the oogy chaos crazy of the past few months.  I know I’ve been scarce as of late but I’m…

 

STILL ALIVE AND KICKING

Still Alive And Kicking

 

I’ve been busy bebopping around some of my favorite parts of the South having fun, visiting old friends and making a few new (and awesome) ones and am finally home, which is both a relief and a heartbreak (isn’t that always the way with traveling).

We have a TON of catching up to do and I have oddles and oodles of photos to share (like you couldn’t see that one coming from a million miles away…I know, I know).  This is basically just a quick little check in to let you know I’m still alive, that all is well in the land of Kisses & Chaos and that we will return to our regularly scheduled program super-duper incredibly soon (Saturday-ish is what I’m shooting for).

In the meantime here are a few videos to keep you entertained complete with zombies and Viking funerals (though not both at the same time…disappointing, I know…):

 
 

1)  Bad Lip Reading – The Walking (And Talking) Dead

*THE WALKING (AND TALKING) DEAD PART I VIDEO*

 
 

*THE WALKING (AND TALKING) DEAD PART II VIDEO*

 
 

2) Are Viking funerals legal?

(Something I’ve often joked about with some of my crusty punk friends, involving a plastic kiddie pool filled with Everclear and flaming Nerf arrows) – courtesy of Order Of The Good Death.

*ARE VIKING FUNERALS LEGAL? VIDEO*

 

Tons of photos and tales from the open road coming soon, my dear hearts.  Until next time!

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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